I still have the first piece I ever made, almost 40 years ago. A piece of nephrite jade in a silver ring made in my father's garage from reading books, using garage tools - slip joint pliers...
I’ve long thought this would be a really FUN thread, so since John
brought it up…What was the first piece you ever made? How did it
turn out? Do you still have it?
My brother was supposed to bring beads back from CHina for me, but
brought cabs by mistake instead. Had no idea how to set them so I
started reading and figured out how to fabricate a setting for one
of the cabs. So first piece was a pendant, a round carnelian cab set
into a sterling bezel cup with a twisted wire soldered around it.
That was 6 yrs ago and it’s right here on my desk & I still wear it
all the time. (Thanks bro!)